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Blue Wing Inn

 
 
Blue Wing Inn Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Syd Whittle, January 10, 2009
1. Blue Wing Inn Marker
Inscription.  Erected by General Mariano G. Vallejo about 1840 for the accommodations of emigrants and other travelers. Purchased in Gold Rush Days by Cooper and Spriggs, two retired sea-faring men and operated as hotel and store. Among first hostelries in Northern California.
Notable guests, according to local tradition, included John C. Fremont, U.S.Grant, Governor Pio Pico, Kit Carson, “Fighting Joe” Hooker, William T. Sherman, Phil Sheridan and members of the Bear Flag Party. Classed among the notorious visitors were Bandit Murietta and “Three-Fingered Jack.”

 
Erected 1941 by Native Sons of the Golden West. (Marker Number 17.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceLandmarksNotable BuildingsNotable PlacesSettlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the California Historical Landmarks, and the Native Sons/Daughters of the Golden West series lists. A significant historical year for this entry is 1840.
 
Location. 38° 17.607′ N, 122° 
Blue Wing Inn and Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Syd Whittle, January 10, 2009
2. Blue Wing Inn and Marker
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27.329′ W. Marker is in Sonoma, California, in Sonoma County. Marker is mounted on the front of the building. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 133 East Spain Street, Sonoma CA 95476, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Vasquez House (within shouting distance of this marker); Mission San Francisco Solano (within shouting distance of this marker); The End of the Mission Trail (within shouting distance of this marker); Mission San Francisco Solano Sacred Ground (within shouting distance of this marker); Sonoma Barracks (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Raising of the Bear Flag (about 400 feet away); Toscano Hotel (about 400 feet away); The Poppe-Parmelee Building (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sonoma.
 
Regarding Blue Wing Inn. This building was designated as California Registered Historical Landmark No. 17 on June 1, 1932.
 
Also see . . .
1. Sonoma State Historic Park. California Department of Parks and Recreation website entry:
The historic, picturesque town of Sonoma is located in the heart of the beautiful Wine Country between Napa and Santa Rosa off Highway 12. Situated around a central plaza (the largest of its kind in California) filled with charming shops and restaurants, the city is home to Sonoma State Historic Park—site of the northernmost Franciscan Mission in California and birthplace of the California
Blue Wing Inn image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Syd Whittle, January 10, 2009
3. Blue Wing Inn
State Bear Flag Party. (Submitted on January 14, 2009, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona.) 

2. Sonoma State Historic Park. Parks and Recreation in Sonoma County website entry: (Submitted on January 14, 2009, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona.) 

3. Inside the Blue Wing Inn. Sonoma Valley Sun Article by Tim Omarzu, September 21, 2006 (Submitted on January 14, 2009, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona.) 
 
Additional commentary.
1. The Blue Wing Inn
A two-room section of this Monterey style adobe was built to house soldiers guarding the old Mission across the way. In 1849, James Cooper and Thomas Spriggs, former British seamen, purchased the property and added the present first and second floors to conduct a combined hotel and saloon known as the Sonoma House, later the Blue Wing. Bandit Joaquin Murietta and Three Fingered Jack were often customers here as well as several junior officers who would later gain Civil War fame: Grant, Sherman, Longstreet, Halleck, Stoneman, just to name a few. Young Lotta Crabtrees’s name is also found in the hotel’s guest book.
Used as a grocery store and later as a wine cellar, it provided the wine used to put out the fire that destroyed all of First Street East in 1911. Restored in 1947; building acquired
Blue Wing Inn image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Syd Whittle, January 10, 2009
4. Blue Wing Inn
by the State of California Department of Parks in 1968.
Source: Sonoma Walking Tour Brochure
    — Submitted January 14, 2009, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona.
 
Blue Wing Inn image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Pacific Novelty Co. San Francisco-Los Angeles
5. Blue Wing Inn
Description on postcard: The "Blue Wing", A leading hotel of Sonoma, Cal. in the Pioneer days.

Note the difference in the condition of the building in this early photo, as compared to the postcard image in Photo #6, ie: boarded-up windows and decaying chimney.
Blue Wing Inn image. Click for full size.
Photographed By O'Neil Enterprises, Sonoma,Cal.
6. Blue Wing Inn
Description on postcard:
BLUE WING INN
Sonoma, California
Erected by General Mariano G. Vallejo about 1840 for the accommodation of emigrants and other travelers. Purchased in Gold Rush days by Cooper and Spriggs, two retired seafaring men, and operated as hotel and store, being one of the first hostelries of Northern California. Notable guests of the past include John C. Fremont, U.S. Grant, Kit Carson, and the Bear Flag Party as well as Juaquin Murietta and "Three Fingered Jack," according to local tradition.
Blue Wing Inn image. Click for full size.
California State Library, Calif. History Section, circa 1936
7. Blue Wing Inn
Blue Wing Inn
Sonoma, Cal.
State Historical Landmark Directional Sign at Entrance to Sonoma Plaza Area image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Syd Whittle, January 10, 2009
8. State Historical Landmark Directional Sign at Entrance to Sonoma Plaza Area
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 19, 2022. It was originally submitted on January 14, 2009, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona. This page has been viewed 1,708 times since then and 43 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on January 14, 2009, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona.   5, 6. submitted on January 17, 2009, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona.   7. submitted on April 3, 2009, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona.   8. submitted on January 13, 2009, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona.

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Jul. 2, 2022